Sprint to cut jobs, reduce up to $2.5 billion in costs: WSJ


(Reuters) – Sprint Corp plans to cut an unspecified amount of jobs and about $2-$2.5 billion in costs in the next six months, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing an internal memo. The wireless carrier has frozen external hiring and all expenditures require the approval of the finance department, WSJ reported, citing the memo sent to staff by the new chief financial officer. It is likely that some jobs will be impacted but it was "premature" to discuss the details due to the early stages of the process, Tovar said.

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Watch the trailer for the first episode of Minecraft: Story Mode


Mojang and Telltale Games embark on their first story-driven foray into the world of Minecraft this month, and a new trailer is here to give a sneak peek. Minecraft: Story Mode's first episode, "The Order of the Stone," will take players on a mythical quest to save the world from destruction — only this epic quest looks considerably blockier than journeys gamers have played through before. The five-part Story Mode aims to capture the magic of such movies as The Goonies and Ghostbusters, so it immediately promises to be both funny and thrilling.

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VAIO returns to the US next week with this high-end transforming tablet


VAIO has been absent from the US for the past year and a half, ever since Sony sold off the nearly two-decade old PC division. On Monday, it'll reenter the high-end PC market with a convertible tablet called the VAIO Z Canvas. It's a Windows 10 machine that VAIO hopes will be perfect for all kinds of artists, from illustrators and animators to photographers and video editors.

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EU antitrust chief says Apple, Google cases show no U.S. bias


By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe's antitrust chief dismissed on Friday accusations of anti-U.S. bias over her decision to go after Google for abusing its Internet search dominance and Apple over an Irish tax deal, saying such talk was a fallacy. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager's robust defense of her actions came after she was criticized in the U.S. media for a spate of cases opened over the past year against U.S. giants such as Google, Apple, Amazon and Starbucks . "Some claim that our cases involving Internet giants such as Apple or Google are evidence of bias.

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Dish’s partners surrender some spectrum licenses: WSJ


(Reuters) – Companies associated with Dish Network Corp have surrendered some spectrum licenses to the U.S. government after they were declared ineligible for $3.3 billion in small-business discounts earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal reported. The companies will hold on to about $9.8 billion of the $13.3 billion in licenses they won in an auction by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in January, the Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter. Dish and partners had invested in separate companies with little to no revenue that can receive a 25 percent discount in auction bidding as "very small businesses." The FCC in August voted to declare Northstar Wireless LLC and SNR Wireless LicenseCo LLC ineligible for the small-business discounts for their bidding.

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Selfies are America’s new pastime


On Wednesday night, about a dozen members of Arizona State's chapter of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority went to a Major League Baseball game. Two MLB announcers noticed that the women seemed to be enjoying taking selfies with their churros and texting more than they were enjoying the game. The announcers, enthralled, spend the next two minutes watching the girls and mostly ignoring the baseball game themselves, providing voiceover like: "That's the best one of the 300 pictures I've taken of myself today," "There's my first bite of the churro… there's my second bite of the churro," and ultimately / weirdly bemoaning the chore that is parenting in 2015.

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